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You can see the inspiration for Dior’s Glow Addict Spring 2018* release in the tulle dress details and gorgeous, feminine pink shades. These details are a nod to Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first collection with the house, and damn is it gorgeous!

*PR sample, affiliate link yadda yadda yadda.

The 5 Couleurs Glow Addict eyeshadow palette in 667 Flirt is simply breathtaking. From the intricate design elements to the soft, complementary shades, this palette is a must-have. (And honestly, you know I don’t usually wax poetic about a lot of things).

These swatched beautiful, with a slight shimmer and sheen to each shade. The dark grey is quite sheer, almost a wash of colour, which is perfect for how I used it.

Now I don’t typically wear light pink shadow, and honestly, a lot of shadow palettes with pressed details tend to underperform for me, but these shadows are lovely.

I was able to create a beautiful soft pink and mauve gradient look with this palette. The lightest shade used from lid to browbone, the pink in the crease, mauve to deepen that crease and, of course, the dark grey to define the outer V.

See what I mean? Perfect, feminine, soft and magical.

Like, you’ve either caught me on a really good day or… this palette is the bomb.

So if you’re looking for a high-end pastel palette for Spring, this Dior 5 Couleurs palette is it. The price is a wee bit steep, $73 CAD, but why not treat yo’self?

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If you’re a “lushie” like I am, you’ve probably fallen in love with the Rose Bombshell bath bomb every time it has been released. And this year, LUSH has outdone themselves and gone big…. REAL BIG.

The GIANT Rose Bombshell is 700g, my friends. That is more than four times the size of the original bath bomb. So if you’ve got a big tub or lots of friends who want to throw a bubble bath party, this is probably your (rose) jam.

The original Rose Bombshell, weighing in at 165g, is still one of my fave bombs. It has the scent of Rose Jam shower gel, which is really just rose absolute oil and  sprinkle of lemon. But it’s what’s inside that counts… a handful of real yellow rose petals. Bathing in roses makes me feel like a Queen.

So I say, go BIG or go home. Grab that Giant Rose Bombshell and share your tub with someone you love.

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How cute are these LUSH hearts for Valentine’s Day*? All this cruelty-free, all natural cuteness is making me want to take a bath, stat. Whether you’re looking for a gift for your sweet, a friend, a friend… with benefits or just a reason to treat yo’self, you have until Feb 12 at 12pm EST to get your order by Vday!

*PR sample, no affiliate links

Titsy Tosty Bath Bomb
How friggin’ romantic is this? Real dried rosebuds mixed with the scents of rose and jasmine. Honestly, if I had a bigger tub, I’d invite someone over for a sexy soak.

Heart of Enlightened Expectation Bubble Bar Melt
Perfect for hydrating your dry Winter skin, this has a cocoa butter base with the scents of jasmine, rose and ylang ylang. So you’ll smell amazing and your skin will be silky smooth.

Cherryish Shower Scrub
Guys, I am in love… with this scrub. The scent reminds me of cherry bubblegum or cherry cola, and this creamy cocoa and murumuru butter heart leaves my skin feeling so soft. Plus, the scrubby bits are cherry stones and sea salt!

Whole Lotta Love Bubbleroon
All the hearts for this bubble bar! This one has a bit more of a sensual and complex scent. It starts with a light jasmine and rose floral but soaks down to a lemongrass and caramel apple finish. (Yes, I also can’t believe I am describing a bubble bar like a fine wine).

I can usually make these last two baths, just crumble under water and soak!

The LUSH Valentine’s Day collection, as you probably know, is very limited and will disappear off the shelves in a few days. Get it while you can, friends!

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Did you know I own every single MAC Viva Glam lipstick release? (I mean really, are you surprised?) And I’ve reviewed almost every single one. And this year, I am overjoyed that Sia is the new Viva Glam face… not only because I am a huge fan of her music but also have so much respect for how she’s navigated “fame” and managed her career.

“Speak up, sing out and let the world see you…in the unstoppable colour of VIVA GLAM Sia! This iconic campaign’s newest spokeswoman has broken pop’s artistic boundaries with her avant-garde style and exhilarating vocals – accompanied by soulful songwriting that inspires countless fans to raise their own voices.”

Like all Viva Glam celeb releases, this has her signature emblazoned on the tube.

Viva Glam Sia is described as a bright, yellow red with a matte finish.

The shade is extremely pigmented (2x swatch above). It has a bit of a creamy texture and dries down fairly matte.

This went on very smooth on my lips and didn’t feel dry. The MAC Matte finish is in between the satin and retro matte as far as texture.

Now I usually lean towards cool-toned reds but this “yellow red” actually leans fairly neutral on me. It’s quite stunning!

Paired here with the Violet Voss Hashtag eyeshadow palette.

And like all Viva Glam releases (except for the permanent line), this will not last on shelves forever. Grab the MAC Viva Glam Sia lipstick before it’s gone. And don’t forget, the selling price of every Viva Glam lipstick ($22 CAD/$17.50 USD) goes towards helping people living with HIV/AIDS.

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You can see the inspiration for Dior’s Glow Addict Spring 2018* release in the tulle dress details and gorgeous, feminine pink shades. These details are a nod to Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first collection with the house, and damn is it gorgeous!

*PR sample, affiliate link yadda yadda yadda.

The 5 Couleurs Glow Addict eyeshadow palette in 667 Flirt is simply breathtaking. From the intricate design elements to the soft, complementary shades, this palette is a must-have. (And honestly, you know I don’t usually wax poetic about a lot of things).

These swatched beautiful, with a slight shimmer and sheen to each shade. The dark grey is quite sheer, almost a wash of colour, which is perfect for how I used it.

Now I don’t typically wear light pink shadow, and honestly, a lot of shadow palettes with pressed details tend to underperform for me, but these shadows are lovely.

I was able to create a beautiful soft pink and mauve gradient look with this palette. The lightest shade used from lid to browbone, the pink in the crease, mauve to deepen that crease and, of course, the dark grey to define the outer V.

See what I mean? Perfect, feminine, soft and magical.

Like, you’ve either caught me on a really good day or… this palette is the bomb.

So if you’re looking for a high-end pastel palette for Spring, this Dior 5 Couleurs palette is it. The price is a wee bit steep, $73 CAD, but why not treat yo’self?

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If you’re a “lushie” like I am, you’ve probably fallen in love with the Rose Bombshell bath bomb every time it has been released. And this year, LUSH has outdone themselves and gone big…. REAL BIG.

The GIANT Rose Bombshell is 700g, my friends. That is more than four times the size of the original bath bomb. So if you’ve got a big tub or lots of friends who want to throw a bubble bath party, this is probably your (rose) jam.

The original Rose Bombshell, weighing in at 165g, is still one of my fave bombs. It has the scent of Rose Jam shower gel, which is really just rose absolute oil and  sprinkle of lemon. But it’s what’s inside that counts… a handful of real yellow rose petals. Bathing in roses makes me feel like a Queen.

So I say, go BIG or go home. Grab that Giant Rose Bombshell and share your tub with someone you love.

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How cute are these LUSH hearts for Valentine’s Day*? All this cruelty-free, all natural cuteness is making me want to take a bath, stat. Whether you’re looking for a gift for your sweet, a friend, a friend… with benefits or just a reason to treat yo’self, you have until Feb 12 at 12pm EST to get your order by Vday!

*PR sample, no affiliate links

Titsy Tosty Bath Bomb
How friggin’ romantic is this? Real dried rosebuds mixed with the scents of rose and jasmine. Honestly, if I had a bigger tub, I’d invite someone over for a sexy soak.

Heart of Enlightened Expectation Bubble Bar Melt
Perfect for hydrating your dry Winter skin, this has a cocoa butter base with the scents of jasmine, rose and ylang ylang. So you’ll smell amazing and your skin will be silky smooth.

Cherryish Shower Scrub
Guys, I am in love… with this scrub. The scent reminds me of cherry bubblegum or cherry cola, and this creamy cocoa and murumuru butter heart leaves my skin feeling so soft. Plus, the scrubby bits are cherry stones and sea salt!

Whole Lotta Love Bubbleroon
All the hearts for this bubble bar! This one has a bit more of a sensual and complex scent. It starts with a light jasmine and rose floral but soaks down to a lemongrass and caramel apple finish. (Yes, I also can’t believe I am describing a bubble bar like a fine wine).

I can usually make these last two baths, just crumble under water and soak!

The LUSH Valentine’s Day collection, as you probably know, is very limited and will disappear off the shelves in a few days. Get it while you can, friends!

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Did you know I own every single MAC Viva Glam lipstick release? (I mean really, are you surprised?) And I’ve reviewed almost every single one. And this year, I am overjoyed that Sia is the new Viva Glam face… not only because I am a huge fan of her music but also have so much respect for how she’s navigated “fame” and managed her career.

“Speak up, sing out and let the world see you…in the unstoppable colour of VIVA GLAM Sia! This iconic campaign’s newest spokeswoman has broken pop’s artistic boundaries with her avant-garde style and exhilarating vocals – accompanied by soulful songwriting that inspires countless fans to raise their own voices.”

Like all Viva Glam celeb releases, this has her signature emblazoned on the tube.

Viva Glam Sia is described as a bright, yellow red with a matte finish.

The shade is extremely pigmented (2x swatch above). It has a bit of a creamy texture and dries down fairly matte.

This went on very smooth on my lips and didn’t feel dry. The MAC Matte finish is in between the satin and retro matte as far as texture.

Now I usually lean towards cool-toned reds but this “yellow red” actually leans fairly neutral on me. It’s quite stunning!

Paired here with the Violet Voss Hashtag eyeshadow palette.

And like all Viva Glam releases (except for the permanent line), this will not last on shelves forever. Grab the MAC Viva Glam Sia lipstick before it’s gone. And don’t forget, the selling price of every Viva Glam lipstick ($22 CAD/$17.50 USD) goes towards helping people living with HIV/AIDS.

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Swatch and Review by Julie Martinson - 1w ago

Did you know that I’ve now attended IMATS in three different cities? That’s right, from Toronto to New York and now LA, I’ve been able to get my hands on products we don’t have in Canada, listen to some great talks, and even meet and greet with small brand owners!

Make sure to watch Chelle’s IMATS vlog to get a behind the scenes scoop.
And check out Kaitlyn’s IMATS LA haul to see what she bought!

One of the first booths we hit up was Pinky Rose Cosmetics. There has been a ton of Instagram hype on this brand and we wanted to see what it was all about. I actually thought I had bought the Center Stage palette (warm neutrals) and was surprised to find the Bright Lights when I unboxed everything. I’m pretty excited to try out these bold shades though!

Next up was Violet Voss. There wasn’t really anything exclusive or special about the booth, but we did all pick up the Hashtag palette (even though it’s available at Sephora, we did save a few bucks).

One of the things I love about IMATS is you get to discover new brands. Facetory is a Korean face mask subscription box that even delivers to Canada! Starting at $5.95 USD (+ shipping) you get a monthly delivery of masks!

Another brand not easily available in Canada, LA Girl had a huge booth and the prices were unreal. $4 USD for pretty much every product. So yea, I bought two contour shades and three blushes. (I also bought some brow pencils). You can’t go wrong for $4!

I had heard some great things about Static Nails, reusable pop-on fake nails, so I jumped at the chance to see them in person. And of course, I bought myself two packs for fun since I am the WORST at painting my nails.

The black matte ones even have the red bottoms!

Then there was the booth I spent the most time at… Stilazzi/Frends. These booths are at every IMATS and there are some deals, deals, deals. The Beautyblender bag was only $35 USD and you get 4 sponges, a solid cleanser and the drying bag.

Anastasia Brow Wiz was $15 USD (about $18 CAD, compared to $27 retail) and the Dipbrow was $13 USD.

This Melt Stack in Haze was so gorgeous I could not resist. And it was only $34 USD compared to the regular $48 pricetag. Plus if I ever want to order these to Canada, shipping is about $10.

I also grabbed a few sets of false lashes, just in case. I mean I never wear these things but for $1.50 a set, that’s a pretty low risk.

And while I was waiting for checkout, I grabbed these two brushes! They were both so soft, like cats.

And speaking of brushes, for me this IMATS was all about getting fresh new brushes and tools. I stopped at Royal Langnickel to pick up a few odds and ends, and the Omnia Gold natural hair line blew my mind. That tiny brow brush is phenomenal! And see that unicorn fan brush, that was free with purchase.

Last but not least, Smith Cosmetics for… more brushes. I picked up a couple of these at Toronto IMATS and have never been so smitten with a brush before. For 20% off (and no shipping of course) I decided to treat myself. These are not cheap by any means but are well worth it. And that pointed crease brush is unlike anything I have used before.

Next IMATS for me will be in Toronto in the fall, and we’re already considering a trip to London, UK in 2019!

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It’s time to set up calendar reminders, because Bite Beauty is releasing a new ultra limited edition Amuse Bouche shade every month to celebrate each astrological sign!

“Aquarians are known as original, independent, and social, and this modern twist on a classic berry shade captures this sign’s inventive character.”

The packaging is really cool too! It has each astrological symbol represented on the box, and when you shift it towards the light just right, it lights up as a holograph!

Since this is the first month, I can’t really say for sure but… I think each box will have an outer sticker that represents the lipstick shade inside.

The lipstick tube is the typical Bite grey rubber and metal tube only there is an etched symbol on the side.

Aquarius is described as a berry plum with a satin finish.

Like all other Amuse Bouche lipsticks, this is creamy, pigmented and has a citrus fruit scent (and taste). This is by far one of my favourite lipstick formulas.

As you may already know, I am a huge fan of purple lipstick. I mean, I am pretty sure I have over 200 different shades. This one definitely stands out for me though because it is bold yet completely wearable.

I am guessing the next shade, Pisces, will be released Feb. 19 to coincide with the beginning of that star sign. I can’t wait to grab these monthly lipsticks (but my wallet… oh it’s mad).

The Astrology by Bite lipsticks are available online only, exclusively at Sephora for $30 CAD. Aquarius, as of now, is sold out. 

*Affiliate links to pay for all the lipsticks.

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